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Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu (foreword by Will Self) Hardcover – Unabridged, 5 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; Unabridged edition (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752226649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752226644
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

'Slinkachu' is a London-based artist whose creations can be found in doorways and cracks in the pavement across the capital. This is the first collection of his work in book form. See more of his pictures at www.little-people.blogspot.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. WISE on 5 Sept. 2008
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This is a really brilliant idea, and great "little" book. The idea is simple - take small people (1 inch high or so), paint them and put them somewhere, create a story around them, and take close up (macro) shots.

throw in some heartfelt life messages, and you have this book. It's a great alternative view on life, and life in London specifically.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 21 Sept. 2009
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This book intrigued me. With its brightly coloured photos of tiny life like models in the big bad world I was compelled to look at each picture and put it into a context that I could understand. I think this book is very much about what YOU want to see in it. For some it will be a book about miniature models; for another it will about how you perceive the world from a giant's perspective; for others it will a perplexing look into another person's mind and for me it's about the real world standing still so we can look at it from above.

The Street art of Slinkachu touched my "funny bone" so to speak. It intrigued me and so I purchased it. Even after looking at each photo in the book carefully I am still finding new things that I hadn't noticed before every time I pick it up. I love the irony, the satire, the sadness, the sorrow, the humour, the mystery, the boldness, the desperation, the cynicism of these photographed models that depict our own lives in miniature.

I am not an art buff, in fact "I like what I like" I don't have a passion for Picasso, I don't get him as one would say but I do love Lowry's depiction of the North of England and I have never forgotten the painting "Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth which I saw in a New York Art Gallery many years ago so there is nothing "buff" about me.

But Slinkachu's street art is something I could become addicted too and I hope he continues to make his models and photograph them so that I can be intrigued some more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Clifford on 28 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
The artwork involved in this book is absolutely wonderful, the situations the little people are left in are often thought provoking and very well thought out, and all the images are of superb quality. The foreword lets this book down unfortunately, because Will Self tries (as always) too hard to sound clever and ends up merely patronising readers of this otherwise delightful book with unnecessarily long words.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Gwyer on 5 Sept. 2008
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It's strange how something like this can be beautiful and hold so much emotion, but I guess that's the whole point of art.

Flick through and you're reminded that we're all little people at the end of the day. Slink captures that lost, vulnerable feeling we all get sometimes and then throws in the comic moments too.

I first saw "Dreams of packing it all in" when I was trapped in a big corporate and had just been prescribed the happy pills. It now takes pride of place on my self-employed office wall and reminds me of how things used to be.

And at this price, cannot we all afford some art in our lives?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Photographic art and comedy collide in this genuinely funny book.

Will Self (get your dictionaries out) provides a foreword and manages to convey (perhaps more articulately than I can) Lilliputian comparisons to this little gem of a book which surely never fails to bring a smile to the reader.

It's not often that a book of art can appeal to such a large audience. Many find such books to be pretentious - seemingly smug that not everyone `gets it', but with Slinkachu's "Little People in the City" there's a feeling of inclusivity - this is a book of little people for the little people.

Flicking through the pages for the first time I tittered to myself as all the cultural references were plain to see and easy to get - from Wotsits, crisp packets, and cash machines, to dead bees and road signs. I love this book.

Another great feeling this book brings is that the photography itself is technically very basic - a wide shot of a scene followed by a macro shot of the little people in it - anyone with a simple point and shoot camera could do this. Of course there's much more to this than just taking a photo, Slinkachu creates a scene with a social message and visual humour - and therein exists the genius.

In a nutshell: At first this appears to be a book of funny pictures. But quickly you start to read messages into photographs and understand that the most important thing in this big world of ours is the little people. That for every big scene there are smaller events no less important to the people they happen to. You'll come back to this book again and again, and you'll feel proud to be one of the little people.
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By S. Krauss on 7 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I saw the photography of Audrey Heller a few years back and got really intrigued by miniature photography.
When searching for similar things online I stumbled on the site of Slinkachu and when I saw the book I immediately ordered it.

I was very please when I received it. It's a very appropriate and comfortable size.
It's very well produced. The cover has a soft touch feel, the interior pages are uncoated but the color is very clean and the images look crisp.

I love the intro by Slinkachu - it's an uncomfortable-funny dialogue during one of the installations.
I love the juxtaposition of closeups and large framed shots to show the scene but also it's context.
In the back there are is an index of thumbnails and titles which gives a nice overview.

I think it was well worth every cent and thank the artist for creating it.
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